Ayurvedic psychology – what is it?

What’s it all about?

Ayurvedic psychology is a branch of Ayurveda that deals with the mind.

It explains how the three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha, manifest themselves at the level of the mind.

Ayurveda has holistic approach to the health and man.

It takes care of the body, mind and soul, all at once.

But first it examines each of these elements separately.

In order to recognize well which doshas dominate the body and which dominate the mind.

A lot of clients that come to my consultation are surprised that they can be something else on the level of the body and something else on the level of the mind.

Especially, that they hoped for holistic view after having come across Ayurveda.

This duality of the body and soul is not imaginable for them.

At the same time they intuitively feel this duality.

I often hear at consultation:

I did the test. The result is I am a Pitta but I am such a Vata!

Or the other way

I completed the test. It turned out I was Vata, but I am so Pitta!

They feel, the test results are not coherent with their understanding of themselves.

They perceive themselves different to what the test and book descriptions suggest.

When I meet the client for the first time at consultation, I look at both aspects.

Only later I put it all together, into one.

This way I see how their mind, thoughts and emotions affect their body.

I see how the body affects the mind.

I give prescriptions from that point.

I clearly explain which prescriptions concern the body and which concern the mind.

What is this duality?

I explain it using Jola as an example.

It is a clear example of a person that looks like Kapha and mentally is a Vata.

Jola looks like Kapha.

As Kapha she has pretty, regular and abundant body, big, almond eyes, slightly rounded nose, full lips, beautiful, thick hair…

Abundance manifests itself in every part of her physics.

Usually in rounded hips, pear body shape with full, feminine hips and thighs.

On mind level Jola shows a lot of Vata.

She is full of lightness, anxiety, very talkative and sociable.

She might seem superficial.

She is insecure, she doubts her beauty.

She is not satisfied with her weight, especially.

She keeps on grabbing and pinching bits of her body, complains that there is too much of it here and she wants less there…

Often, she has long history of being on a diet, not effective usually.

In short, her psychological portrait does not match her looks.

Before she speaks, she makes specific impression.

And when she speaks and we hear how she thinks, acts, how she expresses herself, we find out, she is totally different to what we have expected.

There is a lot of such people.

The way their function when comes to physics, looks and related problems is completely different to the way of psychic and emotions.

Little known

The psychological diagnosis in Ayurveda has been slightly neglected.

Briefly and superficially described in books.

Barely brought up in the courses that introduce to subject of Ayurveda.

Presented not quite clear enough.

Usually mixed up with physical feature diagnosis.

Vata physical and emotional qualities are lumped together.

We get a mishmash and it’s hard to distinguish what is what.

My experience shows that the diagnosis is essential.

There is really a lot of mixed types, that differ on physical and psychic level.

In other words, I rarely meet people that are symmetrical in these both spheres.

Most often I come across persons who are a bit of one dosha and a bit of another.

Maybe such is the specifics of people who are interested in Ayurveda.

They feel this diversification and search for a better self-understanding…

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